I'm a food lover, and I'm hoping to head to Texas as part of my next trip to the USA and try some of the local tex-mex and barbecue food. I'm hearing good things about Austin as well as Houston. I'm hoping to at least stay a few days, but I'm afraid I might not have time to visit both cities.
Are there any good food spots that I shouldn't miss? If I'm forced to only go to one city, which should I pick? Thanks!
Between Houston and Austin, I'd pick Austin, definitely, if not for the food, just for the overall experience.
In Austin, the standard Tex-Mex place is Chuy's, though you can find them all over the state now. The one on barton springs down by the barton springs pool is the favorite one.
Frequently considered the best BBQ in Austin, The Salt Lick, is actually located just outside of Austin. The Salt Lick is 30 or so minutes southwest of downtown Austin, is also a lot about the experience. It's in a dry county, but you're allowed to bring your own booze along with you. It's a fun experience, and they frequently have live music playing outside.
Good (if somewhat pricey) bbq right in downtown Austin can be found at Lambert's. You typically need a reservation here, but they have great food.
If you need a quick bbq fix, you can always hit one of the many Rudy's floating around town. They have surprisingly good BBQ that's quick and easy.
A word on BBQ in TX, it's generally beef-based rather than pork-based. Often "the thing to get" would be the brisket. over 10 years ago
There are several interesting places around Austin.
Hula Hut has great fish tacos and unique surfing/boat memorabilia that line the walls and overhead.
Jaime's Spanish Village has been in the same spot and used the same menu since the 1930s.
Scholzgarten restaurant is the oldest business in Texas. Opened in 1866.
The owner's brother was Sgt. Carter, the actor from Hogan's Heroes.
The Salt Lick has great BQ and Chuys is recommended as well.
Lots of things to do. If into kayaking, maybe can join you out on Lady Bird Lake downtown when you get here. over 10 years ago
Hi! You will find a list of some of the good restaurants in Texas here athttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_casual_dining_restaurant_chains about 9 years ago
Definitely second the Chuy's! I work there and eat most of my meals there. Make sure to ask for creamy jalapeno when they bring your complimentary chips and salsa! Boom boom is a great sauce too for your burrito or enchilada.
I was actually unaware that there is such a thing as pork-based bbq. All the aforementioned bbq places are fabulous.
In a couple weeks, a New York Italian restaurant will be opening in the W hotel called Coal Vine's. I'll be working there and if it's anything like the one I worked at in Dallas, it will be phenomenal. It specializes in New York style pizza, thin crust cooked in a coal burning oven, but also has salads, appetizers(salmon tartar is amazing!), pasta, and fish dishes. about 9 years ago